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Friday, Oct. 25, 2019: Liverpool boys pull off shocker in Sec. 3 quarterfinals

   Leading off today: Timing is everything.

   Sitting at 3-10-0 with a little more than a week left in the boys soccer regular season, Liverpool went on a hot streak and won three straight games to grab a spot in the Section 3 tournament and a date in the Class AA quarterfinals against Fayetteville-Manlius, ranked sixth in the state.

   After going scoreless in regulation plus two overtimes, Liverpool prevailed over the Hornets 1-0 in a triple-sudden death shootout.

   Warriors goalkeeper Daniel Schaeber finished with 12 saves in the shutout.

   "We just played loose and we played with house money," Liverpool coach Paul Bonus said. "We didn't have anything to lose at this point and we just came here and said, 'You know what, they might beat us nine out of 10 times, but we're not going to let them beat us tonight.'"

   Football: Senior Kaden Adams rushed for 248 yards and scored six touchdowns as Bath defeated Wellsville 40-19 in the semifinals of Section 5's Connors and Ferris Bowl.

   The Rams rushed for 392 yards.

   Adams started with a 54-yard touchdown run on Bath's first possession of the game. Wellsville's Liam McKinley responded with a 58-yard scoring run 30 seconds later. Adams added his second touchdown on a 4-yard run late in the first quarter to make the lead 16-7.

   Bus hit by pellets: The bus carrying the Newfane boys soccer team is believed to have been hit with an air rifle or comparable weapon.


   The incident happened on Orangeport Road in Gasport as the team returned from a 3-1 triumph against Royalton-Hartland in the Section 6 Class B-2 tournament.

   The rear windows of the bus were struck by unknown objects suspected to be pellets but did not shatter. The Niagara County Sheriff's Office believes the shots came from a vehicle passing the bus.

   Sorry, that ship has sailed: The head of the National Federation of State High School Associations has taken NCAA schools to task for playing football games on Friday nights, the near-exclusive domain of high schools until early this decade. football site

   NFHS Executive Director Dr. Karissa Niehoff noted that the organization's members passed a resolution two years ago urging colleges to avoid scheduling games on Friday nights. Now, Niehoff and the NFHS are going further by asking conferences that have played on Fridays -- The Big Ten, Pac-12, Mountain West, Atlantic Coast, AAC and Conference USA -- to take Friday games off the table in their next negotiations with TV networks.

   Arizona reconsiders: The Arizona Interschol- astic Association will review the wording of rules that govern non-school participation in sports.

   A rule on the books for two decades is aimed at keeping club coaches from interfering with players during their high school season, but the discussion now is whether the punishment -- sitting out the remainder of the season and potentially a portion of the following season -- is right-sized.

   David Hines, executive director of the AIA, says organization's governing board feels that players should not be suspended more than one game per infraction.

   A change in the penalty would be a concession that travel teams and private trainers may serve a role in the development of players' skills.

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